Heavy rains flush river over sand­bar

Albany Extra - - Extra News - Saskia Adysti

The Beau­fort In­let es­tu­ary has opened to the South­ern Ocean af­ter heavy flows from the Pallinup River broke over the sand­bar.

Many lo­cals re­fer to the Beau­fort In­let, 135km from Al­bany, as the Pallinup es­tu­ary.

The in­let con­nects the fresh­wa­ter streams from Pallinup River to the South­ern ocean.

An aerial photo taken by Michael Moir last Fri­day shows the in­let over­flow­ing with wa­ter be­cause of the heavy rain­fall that the re­gion had re­ceived from the pre­vi­ous month.

Steve Jan­icke, an in­de­pen­dent en­vi­ron­men­tal con­sul­tant in Al­bany, said he had seen many es­tu­ar­ies opened up in the past.

“If you got enough rain­fall that flows from the river it will fill the es­tu­ary up un­til it trick­les over the top of the bar” Mr Jan­icke said.

“Be­cause it’s only sand it just washes away very quickly and it can open within a short space of a few hours. “It can go from be­ing blocked off to 100m, even to 200m wide within a very short pe­riod of time.

“I have seen es­tu­ar­ies open on oc­ca­sion.

“It doesn’t take too much to open them up, just a de­cent bit of rain.

Mr Jan­icke has worked as an en­vi­ron­men­tal of­fi­cer for the Wa­ter and Rivers Com­mis­sion and the De­part­ment of Wa­ter, and has also been in­volved in many south coast river pro­jects over the past 20 years.

Pic­ture: Michael Moir

This aerial photo shows the Beau­fort In­let opened to the South­ern Ocean.

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